An easy recipe to whip up for a lovely banana and raisin cake to go perfectly with your coffee or tea.
The secret of this moist and flavourful cake is to use over ripe bananas. Mash it really well, preferably using a handheld whisk.
If you have packed brown sugar, then use that in place of powdered sugar as it lends a nice caramelised flavour to the cake.
If you are using white sugar – use only castor as the sugar needs to be blended well otherwise it causes a sticky cake top after baking.
1. Flour – 2 cups
2. Baking Powder – 1 tsp
3. Baking Soda – 1 tsp
4. Salt – 1 tsp
5. Cinnamon Powder – 1 tsp
6. Egg – 2
7. Sugar (castor) – 1 cup
8. banana – 3-4, Very ripe banana
9. Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
10. Vegetable oil – 1/2 cup
11. Raisins – 1/2 cup
12. Milk – 1/2 cup (optional)
1. Pre heat the oven 350 F/ 170 C for 15 minutes.
2. Line a 9 X 5 loaf pan with parchment paper.
3. Mash the bananas well.
4. Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon powder in a bowl and using a whisk, mix it all well. Whisk for a minute.
5. In the bowl of the stand mixer, add the eggs and sugar and beat well. You can even use a hand held mixer or a whisk also.
6. Next add the mashed bananas, vanilla essence and oil. Mix well for a couple of minutes.
7. Now start adding the sieved flour mixture in batches of 3-4 tbsp.
If you feel that the batter is getting a little thick, add a little milk – a tablespoon at a time. Incorporate all the flour this way.
While adding the flour, do not beat the batter too much, just enough to mix in the flour. Use a spatula to scrape the sides of the mixing bowl. Do not over mix.
8. Once all the flour has been incorporated, add the raisins and mix with a spatula.
9. Pour the mixture into a greased and lined pan and place in the preheated oven, in the middle rack, and bake for 55 minutes. After 30 minutes, cover the cake top with a foil to prevent the top from browning too much.
10. Once done baking, remove from oven and allow it to cool before gently removing from the pan.
Serve warm or at room temperature with some tea or coffee.